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Moran questions potential closing of rural post offices

MoranTOPEKA — Sen. Jerry Moran is asking the Postmaster General to justify the potential closing of rural post offices across Kansas and the rest of the nation when estimates indicate the closures wouldn’t shore up the Postal Service’s financial woes.

"The Postal Regulatory Commission has found that maintaining rural post offices only amounts to 0.7 percent of the USPS's total budget," Moran stated in a letter to the Postmaster General. "I believe reducing services to these communities will significantly impact rural citizens with little benefit to the Postal Service's bottom line.”

Moran’s letter comes a few weeks after the Postal Service released a list of about 3,700 post offices that will be studied for closure this year. The list includes 156 Kansas post offices, including more than two dozen in south-central Kansas.

As The Eagle reported last month, the reason for the potential closures is in the numbers.

The Postal Service lost $8.5 billion during its 2010 fiscal year, largely attributed to web-based services, online billing and private competitors that have acquired much of the postal service’s business.

The Postal Service receives no tax money.